Jazz Players to Visit Local Schools on Feb. 25 as Part of “Be A Team Player - Read!” Contest

Students from 38 Schools Read a Combined Total of 16,023,472 Minutes

Jazz Players to Visit Local Schools on Feb. 25 as Part of “Be A Team Player - Re
Brent Asay/Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (February 20, 2014) – Utah Jazz players will visit 11 elementary schools along the Wasatch Front on Tuesday, Feb. 25 as part of the 16th annual “Be A Team Player – Read!” contest. The month-long challenge, which concluded on Feb. 18, required local students to chart and report their out-of-school reading minutes. More than 20,600 students from 38 elementary schools participated in this year’s contest and read a combined total of 16,023,472 minutes.

With continued support from Scholastic Book Fairs, Russell’s Ice Cream and Med One Capital, the 10 participating schools that logged the most minutes read per student are being awarded a special visit from Jazz players, along with an ice cream party for the entire student body.

The winning schools are as follows (in alphabetical order): Arches Academy (Orem); Canyon Rim Academy (Salt Lake City); Channing Hall (Draper); Lincoln Academy (Pleasant Grove); Middle Canyon Elementary (Tooele); Northlake Elementary (Tooele); Pony Express Elementary (Eagle Mountain); Ridgeline Elementary (Highland); St. Olaf Elementary (Bountiful); and Syracuse Arts Academy (Syracuse). As a special bonus this year, Woods Cross Elementary (Woods Cross) was also selected via a random drawing to receive a player visit.

In addition, the Jazz will award the 10 runners-up with a team-autographed basketball. These schools include (in alphabetical order): Carl Sandburg Elementary (West Valley); Copper Canyon Elementary (West Jordan); Eagle Bay Elementary (Farmington); Monticello Academy (West Valley); Ranches Academy (Eagle Mountain); Reid Elementary (Salt Lake City); Sharon Elementary (Orem); Shelley Elementary (American Fork); St. Francis Xavier (Kearns); and Wasatch Elementary (Salt Lake City).

“Be A Team Player – Read!” encourages students to develop a life-long love of reading, while emphasizing the importance of literacy and the value of teamwork.